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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 April 2020
PPE shortages: "I feel so bloody angry"
Personal protective equipment is vital, photo (public domain) (Click to enlarge)
The guidelines we follow on use of PPE have changed dramatically during this pandemic. At first we were told we must wear full PPE for every patient suspected of having Covid 19. Since then the guidelines have changed repeatedly. Clearly, this has not been because they are 'listening to the science'. It is being driven by budgets and the lack of stock.
When the Tories realised how many people would be hospitalised the 'science' changed. So it's now OK to wear flimsy aprons when treating patients with the most infectious virus we have ever experienced!
We have pulled out everything we have to get through the weekend. Used gowns and the higher quality masks have been saved from intensive care. This is unprecedented, and risks staff becoming contaminated. And we are still unsure how to decontaminate them. Even the hazmat suits have come out of storage, as any coverall is better than none.
Local people don't just bring chocolate and hand cream. They make us visors, hats and masks. But the news that the gowns are not coming after all is devastating. It's not safe for us or our patients, and clinicians are making some very tough decisions on treatment.
The lack of gowns at Southampton has become critical. It means I can't relieve staff attending long theatre cases because they need full PPE, and there's not enough for more than one radiographer. So one of my colleagues worked right through, without food or water, only getting out at nearly 8pm. Also, intensive care had to borrow our only specialist mask because they had run out.
I just feel so bloody angry that my colleagues are being thrown under the bus!
Many of us will never get over the cruelty of this disease, and the cruelty of a system that puts getting business up and running ahead of saving lives.
An NHS health professional
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In The Socialist 21 April 2020:
Frontline workers speak out
Where's our PPE? Where's our testing? Where's our money?
London bus drivers' action over safety stops front door boarding
Care homes coronavirus scandal: blood on their hands
PPE shortages: "I feel so bloody angry"
Trade union activists from across the south of England discuss the battle for safety on the frontline
Management tells carers PPE would 'worry' residents
Councils must demand control of supplies and reversal of austerity
More dispatches from the front: 'There are so many more patients dying'
World economic crisis: A Marxist approach to the coronavirus crunch
No 'back to school' until outbreak is under control and trade union agreed safety arrangements
DWP: Action on workers' safety, and protection of pay and conditions needed
JD Sports: Shut up shop and give us full pay!
RMT: Lift the suspension of Steve Hedley
Bromley Libraries 'restructure' in middle of pandemic!
Lenin at 150
Lenin at 150: A revolutionary life - and the relevance of his ideas to today's working-class struggles
National plan for testing needed
Capitalist press attacks Tory incompetence
Tory think tank proposes attack on pensions
Shocking increase in domestic violence killings
US private healthcare system in meltdown
Coronavirus news in brief
The history of struggle to make the workplace safe
Excellent support for Socialist Party special appeal
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Clapping, driving, postering - for workers' rights
The role of the Socialist during the corona crisis
Policies that really protect the NHS
Coronavirus: Students' charter
Socialism the Podcast: What do our listeners think?
Covid-19 patient speaks out: fantastic support from under-resourced health workers
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